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May 20, 2023 Current Affairs

1. Which country has expressed its interest in joining India's Unified Payments Interface (UPI) system?

A.   Denmark

B.   Malaysia

C.   China

D.   Japan

Answer: Option (D)


The digital landscape is constantly evolving, with countries around the world embracing innovative payment systems to enhance financial transactions. In a recent development, Japan has expressed its keen interest in becoming a part of India's Unified Payments Interface (UPI) system. This article explores the significance of Japan's interest and the potential implications it holds for both nations.


2. When is World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development, also known as Diversity Day, celebrated?

A.   May 18

B.   May 19

C.   May 20

D.   May 21

Answer: Option (D)


World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development, also known as Diversity Day, is an annual celebration that promotes cultural understanding, dialogue, and development. It is a day to recognize and appreciate the richness and diversity of cultures around the world.


3. How much worth of arms has India supplied to the Myanmar Junta?

A.   415 crore

B.   418 crore

C.   420 crore

D.   422 crore

Answer: Option (D)


India's involvement in supplying arms to the Myanmar Junta has recently come under scrutiny. A report by the United Nations (UN) has shed light on the extent of these transactions, revealing a staggering amount of ₹422 crores ($51 million) worth of arms, dual-use items, and raw materials provided by Indian government-owned companies and private firms.


4. India secured 16 gold medals at the South Asian Youth Table Tennis Championship 2023. In which city was the South Asian Youth Table Tennis Championship 2023 held?

A.   Itanagar

B.   Mumbai

C.   Chandigarh

D.   Kanpur

Answer: Option (A)


The South Asian Youth Table Tennis Championship 2023 was a thrilling event that showcased the immense talent and dedication of young table tennis players from the region.



5. How many crores surplus transfer has the RBI approved to the Government for FY23?

A.   87,353

B.   87,238

C.   87,416

D.   87,310

Answer: Option (C)


The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) plays a critical role in managing the country's monetary policy and regulating the financial system. One of its key functions is to transfer any surplus generated to the government. In a recent announcement, the RBI has approved a significant surplus transfer of Rs 87,416 crore to the government for the financial year 2022-23. This decision has generated curiosity and speculation among economists and citizens alike.


6. During the G7 Summit in Hiroshima, Japan, Prime Minister Modi held bilateral meetings with top leaders from Japan, South Korea, and which country?

A.   Russia

B.   Switzerland

C.   Vietnam

D.   Egypt

Answer: Option (C)


The G7 Summit in Hiroshima, Japan, served as a platform for world leaders to convene and address critical global challenges. Prime Minister Modi, representing India, utilized this opportunity to engage in bilateral meetings with key leaders from Japan, South Korea, and Vietnam. These meetings held immense significance, paving the way for fruitful discussions and diplomatic collaborations.



7. Which city is all set to receive a new Pharmaceutical Research and Innovation Institute?

A.   Lucknow

B.   Bangalore

C.   Haridwar

D.   Saharanpur

Answer: Option (A)


Lucknow, the capital city of Uttar Pradesh, is on the verge of welcoming a groundbreaking initiative in the field of pharmaceuticals. The state government has recently announced its plans to establish a cutting-edge Pharmaceutical Research and Innovation Institute in Lucknow, marking a significant milestone in the region's scientific and healthcare landscape. This ambitious project aims to revolutionize the pharmaceutical industry by fostering research, promoting innovation, and driving advancements in healthcare.


8. Annu Rani, an Indian athlete, is associated with which sport?

A.   Tennis

B.   Badminton

C.   Cricket

D.   Javelin Throw

Answer: Option (D)


Sports have the incredible power to inspire and transcend boundaries. In the realm of athletics, Annu Rani, an Indian athlete, has emerged as a formidable force in the sport of Javelin Throw.


9. What is the percentage of TCS announced to be levied on international credit card spending?

A.   10%

B.   20%

C.   25%

D.   30%

Answer: Option (B)


In recent times, the topic of Tax Collected at Source (TCS) on international credit card spending has gained significant attention. With the government's amendment to the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) in 2023, a higher rate of TCS has been imposed on such expenditures outside India under the Liberalized Remittance Scheme (LRS).


10. In which state was the initiative 'SAHAS' launched to promote safer workplaces for women?

A.   Telangana

B.   Rajasthan

C.   Bihar

D.   Nagaland

Answer: Option (A)


In the pursuit of safer workplaces for women, various initiatives have been launched across the globe. One such notable initiative is 'SAHAS,' which was introduced in a specific state in India.


11. Recently, which state's law allowing Jallikattu was upheld by the Supreme Court of India?

A.   West Bengal

B.   Tamil Nadu

C.   Jammu & Kashmir

D.   Uttar Pradesh

Answer: Option (B)


Jallikattu, a traditional bullfighting sport, has been a subject of legal scrutiny and controversy in recent times. In a significant ruling, the Supreme Court of India upheld the validity of a Tamil Nadu law that permits Jallikattu.


12. On which date is World Bee Day 2023 observed?

A.   May 18

B.   May 20

C.   May 21

D.   May 22

Answer: Option (B)


World Bee Day, observed on May 20th every year, serves as a global platform to raise awareness and appreciation for the invaluable contribution of bees and other pollinators in our ecosystem.


13. On May 19, 2023, PM Narendra Modi embarked on a tour to Japan, Papua New Guinea, and which country?

A.   Afghanistan

B.   Australia

C.   Pakistan

D.   Italy

Answer: Option


In May 2023, Prime Minister Narendra Modi set off on an ambitious tour, visiting three countries to strengthen diplomatic ties and foster collaboration. This blogpost takes you on a journey through PM Modi's visit to Japan, Papua New Guinea, and Australia, highlighting key moments and outcomes.


14. Russia and which country signed a deal to construct the Rasht-Astara railway, a railway line, as part of the International North–South Transport Corridor (INSTC)?

A.   India

B.   Israel

C.   Iran

D.   Iraq

Answer: Option (C)


In a move that strengthens regional connectivity and trade, Russia and a neighboring country recently signed a momentous deal to construct the Rasht-Astara railway. This railway line, an integral part of the International North-South Transport Corridor (INSTC), holds great promise for fostering economic growth and enhancing transportation links.


15. On which date is International Tea Day 2023 celebrated?

A.   May 19

B.   May 20

C.   May 21

D.   May 22

Answer: Option (C)


Tea, a beverage loved by millions around the globe, has a rich history and cultural significance that deserves recognition. International Tea Day, observed annually on May 21st, provides us with an opportunity to delve into the world of tea, its diverse traditions, and the impact it has on different societies.


16. Who is the author of the new book titled 'The Golden Years'?

A.   Ruskin Bond

B.   RK Narayan

C.   Derrick Bell

D.   Salman Rushdie

Answer: Option (A)


The Golden Years' by Ruskin Bond is a literary masterpiece that captivates readers with its mesmerizing storytelling and profound themes. Through its well-crafted characters and enchanting setting, the book takes readers on an emotional journey that lingers long after the final page. Whether you're a fan of Bond's previous works or discovering his brilliance for the first time, 'The Golden Years' is a must-read that will leave you spellbound.


17. In which state was the 'Mukhya Mantri Gram Gadi Yojana' launched to facilitate easy rural transport?

A.   Gujarat

B.   Kerala

C.   Odisha

D.   Jharkhand

Answer: Option (D)


In a country as diverse as India, ensuring access to transportation in remote and inaccessible rural areas is a significant challenge. However, some states have taken commendable steps to address this issue. One such state is Jharkhand, where the 'Mukhya Mantri Gram Gadi Yojana' was launched.


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